Appeals to Protect Oak Fail but Revive Preservation Discussion

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK A city-protected coast live oak tree located at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals were filed. The appeals were denied at a Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A city-protected coast live oak tree located at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals were filed. The appeals were denied at a Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Two appeals to stop the removal of a large tree at 650 Georgian Road were denied at a recent La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission meeting that included a larger discussion about what can be done in the future to save city-protected coast live oaks.
Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said after the 4-0 vote last Thursday that those who want to appeal the decision further had 15 days in which to bring the matter before the City Council. Commissioner Mike Hazen was absent. Continue reading “Appeals to Protect Oak Fail but Revive Preservation Discussion”

City Backs Bikeway, Gets Encouraging News on Sound Walls

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved a $954,000 allocation of Measure M funding for a Foothill Boulevard Link Bikeway and Pedestrian Greenbelt Project contingent on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority funding for sound walls.
The unanimous decision on the bikeway project was made Tuesday night on the condition that Metro would approve $3.712 million in Measure M funds — derived from a half-cent sales tax — and an additional $3.288 million in county funding that state Sen. Anthony Portantino said could be available for construction of 210 Freeway sound walls, a topic of much interest to city residents. Continue reading “City Backs Bikeway, Gets Encouraging News on Sound Walls”

Sound Wall Money Is on Council Members’ Minds

Declining temporarily to take up the issue of the location of proposed 210 Freeway sound walls, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council decided to request that $3.7 million in Measure R funds be programmed for construction of the walls.
Mayor Terry Walker, addressing three residents who spoke at a City Council meeting Tuesday, said she needed to speak with people in other neighborhoods and gather information to help make a decision as to where the sound walls should go.
“I hate to see us get hung up on which segments,” Walker said.
The council’s recommendation is for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make the funds an agenda item at a board meeting and approve the request, said Division Manager Ann Wilson.
“What we’re asking for is to program all our Measure R money,” Wilson told The Outlook.
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